Sep 15, 2010 1:00pm EDT
and in single single digits in connecticut and west virginia. the republicans are still going to have a very good night on election night, right? >> yeah. the republicans are going to have a good night, but what the tea party has done to the republicans is it's taken competitive races off the field and removed them into a more competitive position for the democrats. i'll give you a couple of examples. in nevada, harry reid was in serious trouble until a tea party candidate was nominated. in kentucky, the republicans shouldn't have to defend kentucky. but because there's a tea party candidate there -- >> a lot of people assumed mike castle was going to win last night. >> a lot of people said mike castle was going to win, but now the democrats are probably going to win that general. and if lisa markowski runs as an independent, the republicans will probably win there. but what they need to do is take a look at the seats that are now back in play or where democrats have an advantage because of the tea party movement, disrupting their primaries and frankly disrupting america. >> all right. we're
Sep 26, 2010 2:00pm EDT
the 50th anniversary of the great debates of 1960, we teamed one the university of virginia's center for politics to present a special discussion on those historic and first of their kind presidential debates between vice president richard nixon and then senator john f. kennedy, one of which took place at nbc's washington studio which is now the home of "meet the press" back in our home studio. talk to journalists and staffers who are part of history 50 years ago about what happened behind the scenes and the significance of those debates on our political landscape today. all on our website at mtp.nbc.com. you can follow me on twitter as well for more on that. that is all for today. we'll be off next week for nbc sports coverage of the ryder cup golf tournament but back the following week. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press."